Punta Cana, a great destination for golfers, for those who celebrate their honeymoon, or who only want a simple holiday. Bavaro Beach is found on many lists of the top 10 best beaches in the world becauseof its soft white sand, calm clear water and abundance of beautiful palms. That was actually the reason I chose this destination in 2011 during my summer vacation.
After a long flight from Madrid I finally landed in Punta Cana. The first thing I noticed after stepping out of the plane was that even the airport was very exotic and outdoors. After arriving at the hotel I decided to sleep and relax all day at the famous Bavaro Beach.
Sights and Entertainment
On the second day I went to Isla Saona with a speedboat, where I went scuba diving for the first time and saw many starfish. On the third day I visited another beautiful island called Isla Catalina, a calm island which is nationally protected, and somehow looks like you got lost in paradise. After lunch there and some time for swimming and recreation, we went to Altos de Chavon village, a replica of a Mediterranean style village, and a Roman amphitheater where Elton John, Andrea Bocelli, and Shakira have performed. The village is nice to spend time in, as you can find a few boutiques for handcrafts, and some bars and restaurants. From there you have a nice view of the Chavon River or even take a boat.If you like adventure, you can choose to have a ride in the jungle with a buggy or an ATV and get muddy. I booked this tour from the resort I stayed in and it took around 12 hours. The guide brought us to tobacco, coffee and cocoa plantations, then we had a stop at Macao Beach where I cleaned myself of mud. After this they took us to Hoyo Azul, a cave with blue crystal clear water.
There are many tours like this that offer zip line adventures, horse riding, Safari jeep or water adventures. So even if Dominican Republic is on an island with many resorts, there are also many things to do and see. I cannot give very many details about hotels and restaurants as I only ate in the all-inclusive hotel that I stayed in, called Riu Bambu.
I do love their traditional food which is: Los tres golpes (breakfast-fried salami, fried eggs, fried queso cheese and mangú). Mangú is made from boiled green plantains that are mashed and topped with sauteed red onions. La Mandera is kind of stew with red beans and meat,served with white rice and sometimes with tostones (fried plantains). As a dessert you must try Dulce de Coco.
I loved my holiday in Dominican Republic and for sure is one of my favorite islands